Broadway In Chicago Announces CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE To Run Sept. 20- Oct. 23
Broadway In Chicago, Stageworks Media and TROIKA Entertainment are pleased to announce that tickets for CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 22. The tour, which is a comedy based on the best and most memorable moments from the Emmy® Award-winning classic hit TV series, will play the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place (175 E Chestnut) September 20 through October 23, 2016.
Set in the interior of the iconic neighborhood bar (where drinking all day is the Norm!), audiences will laugh along with Carla, Coach, Cliff, and Norm, as Sam “Mayday” Malone and Diane “Buzzkill” Chambers meet for the first time, share a first kiss and a first fight.
The two-act comedy is being adapted for the stage by theatre, television, and film veteran Erik Forrest Jackson and directed by award-winning director Matt Lenz. The creative team includes Michael Carnahan (Scenic Designer), Michael McDonald (Costume Designer), and Philip S. Rosenberg (Lighting Designer). The live show adaptation will be brought to life by Stageworks Media and TROIKA Entertainment. Casting will be announced at a later date.
“Cheers,” ranked one of TV Guide’s “50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time,” aired for eleven seasons between 1982 and 1993. It garnered top 10 ratings for seven of its eleven seasons and often earned the number one ranking in the weekly Nielsens. The show received 26 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards.
More information about CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE is available at www.CheersLiveonStage.com
Tuesdays at 7:30 PM
Wednesdays at 7:30 PM
Thursdays at 7:30 PM
Fridays at 7:30 PM
Saturdays at 2 PM and 8 PM
Sundays at 2 PM and 7:30 PM
Tickets for CHEERS LIVE ON STAGE at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place range from $35-$72. A select number of premium tickets are available for many performances. Group tickets for 10 or more are available by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000, all Ticketmaster retail locations and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com.
Creative Team Bios
ERIK FORREST JACKSON (Adaptor). Four of Jackson’s plays have premiered in NYC at Off-Broadway’s Performance Space 122: his comic adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie; the tongue-in-cheek thriller Tell-Tale (transfer to Off-Broadway’s Cherry Lane Theater, GLADD nomination best play of the year); Doll, a twisted take on Ibsen’s A Doll’s House;and the comedy with music Charlie! Jackson’s most recent play, the darkly comic dramaLike a Billion Likes, is a finalist for the Eugene O’Neill Theatre Center’s 2016 Playwrights Conference. His musical Breaking Up is Hard to Do-co-written with Ben Winters and featuring the songs of Neil Sedaka-was developed at Capital Rep in Albany and the Actors’ Playhouse in Miami and has since been seen across the globe as part of Theatrical Rights Worldwide’s catalog. Jackson was a staff writer and story editor for Here TV’s supernatural series “Dante’s Cove.” He also penned the screen adaptationof his play Charlie! The movie premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival and subsequently screened at festivals worldwide. His script Heartbreaker was a finalist for the Outfest Screenwriting Lab, and his poems appeared in the Showtime film The Escape, starring Patrick Dempsey. He is the playwright-in-residence for New York’s Theatre Couture and a member of the American Theatre Wing’s Advisory Board. Jackson is also the Executive Projects Director atEntertainment Weekly magazine.
MATT LENZ (Director) is an award-winning New York based director who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, and in theatres all over the world. Most recently, Matt directed Pageant: The Musical (2014 Drama Desk nomination for Best Revival of a Musical) and the hit comedy The Irish Curse. Other New York credits include: Idaho! for New York Musical Theatre Festival (2008 Fest Awards winner for Best Director and Best Show, upcoming production at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts), Susie Mosher’sThe Great Daisy Theory, Fingers And Toes at NYMF, the Off-Broadway premiere of Alan Ball’s The Amazing Adventures Of Tense Guy, and Wicked’s 5th Anniversary Celebration: The Yellow Brick Road Not Taken at the Gershwin Theatre on Broadway.
Matt directed the first national tours of A Christmas Story: The Musical and Catch Me If You Can, and he has worked at many of the country’s finest regional theaters including Papermill Playhouse, George Street Playhouse, Maltz Jupiter Theatre, Ogunquit Playhouse, and The MUNY, among many others. Matt served as the Associate Director on original Broadway productions of Hairspray (and subsequent tours and multiple sit-down productions), Catch Me If You Can, The Velocity of Autumn, and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. He regularly teaches master classes and workshops in NYC and around the country, at universities, and for performing arts organizations. He received the 2010 Kevin Kline Award for Best Director, is a teaching artist for the Broadway Dreams Foundation, and a Member of SDC. www.mattlenzdirector.com
MICHAEL CARNAHAN (Scenic Designer). Off-Broadway: Skeleton Crew (Atlantic Theater Company); I and You (59E59); The Happiest Song Plays Last (Second Stage); The Piano Lesson, The First Breeze of Summer; Life Could Be A Dream, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Three Mo’ Tenors, Pygmalion, Howie the Rookie, Brando (Signature Theatre). Tours: A Christmas Story The Musical. Regional: Center Stage, Arena Stage, American Conservatory Theater, McCarter Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Two River Theater, Cleveland Play House, Laguna Playhouse, Utah Shakespearean Festival, Northlight Theatre, Signature Theatre, Bucks County Playhouse, Ogunquit Playhouse, Arsht Center, Musical Theatre West, San Jose Repertory, Center Rep. Broadway (Associate Scenic Designer): Allegiance, The River, Peter and The Starcatcher, ANN: The Ann Richards Play, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Importance of Being Earnest, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, All About Me, White Christmas, Curtains. michaelcarnahandesign.com, Instagram:@Carnypics, Twitter: @mike_carnahan
MICHAEL MCDONALD (Costume Designer). Broadway and West End: Hair (Tony Award, Drama Desk and Hewes Award nominations). Off-Broadway: Hair (The Public, Delacorte Theater), Jericho (59E59), The Irish Curse (Soho Rep), Almost Home (The Directors Company), Craving for Travel (Peter Jay Sharp Theater), Application Pending (West Side Theater), Tartuffe (Tribeca Playhouse), STRAIGHT ( Theater Row), Amahl and the Night Visitors (Lincoln Center). REGIONAL: La Cage Aux Folles (Goodspeed Musicals); God of Carnage, [Title of Show], Sex With Strangers (George Street Playhouse); Take Me Out(Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, Kevin Kline nomination); The Foreigner (Maltz Jupiter Theater); Oklahoma! , West Side Story (Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival); Johnny Baseball (American Repertory Theater, IRNE nomination); Dirty Blond, Omnium Gatherum, Crowns, Spring Awakening, Next to Normal, Peter and the Statcatcher, Mothers and Sons, All The Way (Zach Scott Theatre).
PHILIP S. ROSENBERG (Lighting Designer). Broadway credits include The Elephant Man, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder,and It’s Only a Play. Off Broadway credits include The Explorer’s Club and Cactus Flower. Regional credits include productions with The Kennedy Center, La Jolla Playhouse, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, Guthrie Theater, The Old Globe, TheatreWorks, Huntington Theatre, Portland Stage Company, TACT, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, McCarter Theatre, Bay Street Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Dallas Theater Company, Hartford Stage, George Street Playhouse, and Westport Country Playhouse. Mr. Rosenberg has previously served as Associate Lighting Designer on over 35 Broadway productions.
STAGEWORKS MEDIA (Producer) is a New York-based theatrical production company specializing in bringing iconic characters, stories and music from across pop culture to the stage. Partners include major Hollywood studios, music publishers, and other content owning companies. The company also develops original plays and musicals for distributors, customized for their audience ranging from youth to the traditional theater-goer. Past projects include: Emma! a Pop Musical (featuring the music of Cyndi Lauper, Sara Bareilles, Salt-n-Pepa and others) and Cyrano De BurgerShack (featuring the music of Katy Perry, P!nk, John Mayer and others). For more information visit www.stageworksmedia.com
TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Producer) has been the innovator in touring musical theater productions for over three decades, producing and managing shows throughout North, Central, and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets having produced for the Wynn, Caesars, Grand Casino, Hilton, Eldorado and Harrah’s. Current and upcoming productions include An American in Paris, The Bodyguard, Love Never Dies, 42nd Street, Annie, Cheers, Wine Lovers, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and The Wizard of Oz. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com
ABOUT BROADWAY IN CHICAGO
Broadway In Chicago was created in July 2000 and over the past 16 years has grown to be one of the largest commercial touring homes in the country. A Nederlander Presentation, Broadway In Chicago lights up the Chicago Theater District entertaining well up to 1.7 million people annually in five theatres. Broadway In Chicago presents a full range of entertainment, including musicals and plays, on the stages of five of the finest theatres in Chicago’s Loop including its newly named The PrivateBank Theatre, the Oriental Theatre, Cadillac Palace Theatre, the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University and just off the Magnificent Mile, the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place.
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